Set in Kent’s picturesque countryside, Wildernesse House is part of the 24-acre historic estate, renowned for its magnificent period houses and ancient woodland.
Purcell was commissioned as Architects and Heritage Consultants to transform the Grade II-Listed Georgian building into 23 high-end, luxury apartments with the addition of cutting-edge spa facilities, wellness areas and communal spaces.
Restoration of the Great Hall
Wildernesse House features 17 one and two-bedroom apartments, 2 duplexes and 4 one and two-bedroom ‘legacy’ apartments. Our team was commissioned to restore the grand main hall of the building, emphasising the building’s high ceilings, glass dome rooftop and dramatic central staircase to provide a luxurious shared space for residents.
We transformed the hall into a luxurious shared space for residents featuring a luxurious lounge and library. “We took great care to subdivide the building into apartments with the minimum possible intervention,” says Purcell Associate, Graham Epking-Crane.
Within the main house, the very highest standard of luxury interiors was provided while maintaining and showcasing the building’s original features including ornate decorative plasterwork, fireplaces, joinery and ironmongery.
Wildernesse House now offers new homes which are modern, spacious and open-plan and maximise natural light. The development also includes the addition of contemporary, accessible elements such as en-suite bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes.
Throughout the restoration process, original walls and ceilings were stripped of any superfluous recently-added fixtures and fittings and re-tuned back to their original state and appropriately decorated.
Existing features such as the timber panelling, dado rails, columns and decorative wall pilasters have been retained and appropriate conservation repair and decorative schemes reintroduced.
Numerous original ornate fireplaces have been retained, particularly within the principal rooms in the 18th-century sections of the house. “The project is a testament to Purcell's ability to sympathetically adapt and transform a historic building for compatible modern use, ensuring its regeneration and survival for the future. Wildernesse House is now all set for the next chapter in its fascinating history,” Graham explains.
Purcell worked closely with PegasusLife, the local Conservation Officer, Planners and Building control to repair features within the building where possible, without disguising the modern interventions, which – while sensitive to their context – are clearly legible as new additions and which meet regulatory and planning requirements.
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